Smart homes used to be only for the very rich or very tech savvy. Today however, more people are getting their own homes wired to be smart homes. As a matter of fact the industry is expected to grow from just over 9 billion this year to over 40 billion by 2017.
Of course the internet and the availability of portable computers such as smart phones and tablets have made this all possible, whether you want to control your home systems from the office, on the drive home or just when you're sitting on the couch, a smart home can be run more efficiently.
Today, if your home is a smart home, you can pick up your smart phone and check on many of the systems of your home, everything from checking that your kids made it home from school to adjusting the thermostat.
Of course, with all this technology does come a price tag, the actual amount will depend on how many systems you want to automate but can range from several hundred dollars up to $250,000 and above. Many people just start with some basic home automation such as security cameras, lighting and environmental controls like heating and cooling and add other systems at a later time.
If you choose to hire a professional to help you set up your smart home, make sure they have a joint certification by the Consumer Electronics Associates as well as the Computing Technology Industry Associations (CEA-CompTIA). This certification ensures that the person you hire can not only install your smart home technology but is also qualified to troubleshoot problems.
In addition to making life a little easier and more secure, smart homes can actually cut back on your energy costs by keeping the systems you aren't using in a sleep mode or just making sure that the lights get turned off when no one is in the room. Smart home technology can also be good for senior citizens and may make it possible for them to stay in their homes longer.
The ability to turn off the stove or water, notify emergency help if there is a fall and even help remind them to take their medications are all ways that technology can help seniors live a safer more independent life at home.
It is expensive technology but it may be less expensive than moving to a nursing home.
If you are interested in setting up a smart home, here are a few things to think about:
1. How big and elaborate will your system be? Will you automate all systems of your home, or just one or two? Of course one of the main factors here will be your budget.
2. Will the system be easy enough for everyone in the household to use?
3. How easy is the system to change? Will it be easy to change settings or add new systems in the future?
In addition to all the conveniences and safety you can get from a smart home, you may also be able to save a little on your homeowners insurance policy.
There are many ways you can protect your home and belongings. Whether you choose to invest in smart home technology or not, you can still protect your home and belongings by keeping detailed photos, videos and receipts of all your belongings. Altoserv makes it easy to keep all the records you need to protect your belongings and have easy access to them whenever you need them! Even a smart home can use a little extra help!